skb wrote:I met with my oncologist yesterday and he asked about my openness to strong chemo (FOLFOXIRI) for about three months and follow up with maintenance chemo. I responded that I am open to everything.
He believes that the chemo can kill cancer cells in the lymph node and will provide systemic therapy. He was not an advocate for surgery. He said that removing the lymph node is an extensive surgery with potential complications, you might feel better if you remove it but it does not guarantee that cancer does not come back. If we go for surgery, he would like me to do surgery first , recover from it and then do the chemo. He also talked about potentially adding few doses of radiation to the area but was not sure of someone would be willing to do that for me.
I am being referred to a surgeon to see what options I have. And also a radiologist.
I would like the treatment to start as soon as possible but the oncologist says I have time and I should meet with surgeon and come up with treatment plan. Overall I am uneasy and anxious
Having gone through what you are going through, I understand your anxiety. In retrospect it wasn’t that bad, it certainly wasn’t as difficult as the first surgery. Surgery does have its complications, I experienced a torn vein which a vascular surgeon had to repair. I had FOLFIRI and while more challenging that FOLFOX for me it wasn’t intolerable. The good news is you have options!